After spending her entire presidential campaign identifying herself as the moderate Democrat who can work across the aisle, Amy Klobuchar stayed true to form by sitting on the fence about a fairly crucial question concerning Iowa and Minnesota.
"There have been a lot of comparisons between the Iowa State Fair and the Minnesota State Fair. I’m not going to say which one is better," Klobuchar told a crowd at the Iowa State Fair this weekend, per the Star Tribune's Patrick Condon.
The Minnesota senator's comment really does prove that even for something as innocuous as state fairs, politicians are terrified of offending anybody during primary season.
Yes, she was at the Iowa State Fair. Yes, she is trying to appeal to Iowan Democrats ahead of next year's crucial presidential primary. Yes, she is currently polling at 2-4 percent. We know why she said it.
But come on, Amy, you're Minnesota's senator. The answer to the question "Which State Fair is better?" should be delivered almost instantly: "Which State Fair is be...MINNESOTA'S."
She repeated the poser in a tweet in which she was pictured alongside another Minnesota champion, Andrew Zimmern, at the Minnesota State Fair.
Funnily enough, Zimmern had no compunction about which was better, tweeting: "I love the ISF. It’s great fun. The MSF is the single greatest cultural event in the world and I’ve said it 1000 times, written about it and made lots of TV saying the same thing. NOTHING compares to the MSF. Full stop."
Would Iowans really have walked away from her soapbox speech shaking their heads and vowing their pencils will never shadow the box next to Klobuchar's name if she'd said that?
Or would they have respected her for showing loyalty to her own state, perhaps displaying some regional pride by saying that hey, both are great but her heart is in Minnesota?
Or maybe, given that she wasn't directly asked the question and instead brought it up unsolicited in her speech, she shouldn't have compared the two at all?
Needless to say, her comment attracted some unsurprising responses from those of the Minnesota persuasion.
In the grand scheme of things, the State Fair question pales in comparison to some of the major issues facing the country.
For some content that is actually informative of what Klobuchar plans should she become president, rather than the latest in our "indignant Minnesota" series, you can find out what she said during the latest Democratic debate right here.
And you can find out more about where she stands on all the issues here, on her campaign site.